U.S. officials say Osama bin Laden was found by tracking his most trusted courier. Knowledge about that courier was gleaned in part through the interrogation of detainees, either at Guantanamo or in CIA prisons. Supporters of the Bush administration's detention policies say the bin Laden operation demonstrated that "enhanced interrogation" tactics actually worked to provide valuable information. Some intelligence officials say that argument is too simplistic.
NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured some pretty amazing images of a the moon crossing in front of the sun, this morning. There wasn't a solar eclipse on Earth today, but there was one in the orbit of the SDO. If you want more on how a solar eclipse happens in space, Bad Astronomy provides a diagram.
Florida's legislature wraps up its annual budget session this week. Like other states with tight budgets, Florida is setting new spending priorities. Environmental protection is one area that's seeing big cuts.
"This is the great question," says Rick "Ozzie" Nelson, director of the counterterrorism program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. "Has he been able to create a movement that's self-sustaining, or is it a cult of personality that depends on him for inspiration?"
If the United States decided to release pictures of Osama bin Laden, would it violate international law?
It's a tough question the United States has faced before. Back in 2003, the Pentagon decided to release photographs of the bodies of Uday and Qusay Hussein, Saddam Hussein's two sons who were killed in a shootout in Iraq. The pictures were bloody, showing the brothers with significant wounds on their faces.
At the time, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld defended the decision, saying it was in line with the Geneva Convention.
Israel is taking a tough line against a reconciliation deal between two rival Palestinian factions.
A unity agreement is set to be signed Wednesday in Cairo by Fatah, which controls the Palestinian Authority, and Hamas, a hardline Islamist group that rules the Gaza Strip. The agreement would help end a bitter four-year divide between the two groups. But Israel considers Hamas a terrorist organization and is leveling punitive actions against the Palestinian government for agreeing to the deal.
A new study shows that women run on a different clock than men.
That is, the biological time-keeper deep in the brain that governs when we sleep and when we wake runs at a faster pace in women. The report, from researchers at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women's Hospital, appears in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Tuesday afternoon, kids at hundreds of middle schools all over the country were dancing exactly the same dance at exactly the same time. OK, they're middle school kids, so probably they were all doing something similar at more or less the same time. They called it a "flash workout" at the direction of two powerful leaders: Beyonce and the First Lady.
The kids were dancing to Beyonce's song and video "Move Your Body," a reworking of her song "Get Me Bodied," made for Michelle Obama's anti-obesity campaign.